Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto City, Japan in 1929, and studied traditional Nihonga painting, a rigorous and formal style developed during the Meiji period (1868-1912). Kusama moved to New York City in 1958, and produced her fist successful Infinity Net paintings in 1959. Her work then progressed into phallic soft-sculptures of "Accumulations", and she also began to stage provocative happenings that were characterized by sex, nudity, and polka dots. In 1973, Kusama returned to Japan and has continued to create art there in addition to writing short stories, novels, and poetry. She currently lives in a mental health facility and continues to be an exceptionally productive artist.
Yayoi Kusama was published by Rizzoli New York in July 2012 to coincide with a retrospective of her career at the Whitney Museum in summer 2012 and her collaboration with Louis Vuitton. It was edited by Louise Neri and Takaya Goto.
Yayoi Kusama is featured in Edition: Rizzoli: Art